LOS ANGELES–The Rose & Alex Pilibos Armenian School elementary students warmly welcomed Mountainous Karabagh Republic’s (MKR) Prime Minister Anoushavan Danielyan and his delegation on October 15–as they proudly waved the MKR flags they had prepared for the occasion.
Accompanying the Prime Minister was the Consul General of the Republic of Armenia Gagik Kirakossian–MKR Representative Vardan Barseghian–Armenia Fund Inc. Vice-Chair Ara Aghishian–Armenia Fund Executive Director Khatchatur Khudikyan–and Public Relations Executive Sarkis Kotanjian. Also present were His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and Reverend Father Viken Vassilian.
The Prime Minister addressed the high school students at the new–state-of-the-art gymnasium–which he was visibly impressed by. Speaking about the Republic and the ongoing developmen’s in the fledgling nation–Prime Minister Danielyan called on all students to–once again–collectively participate in the activities of the Armenia Fund–especially during the upcoming Telethon. The Prime Minister stressed that collective participation forms the basis of a stronger nation.
After speaking to the students–Student Council President Ara Thomassian–presented Danielyan a copy of the school’s yearbook and an athletic sweatshirt. Principal Yacoubian–addressing the delegation and the students–assured that Pilibos students would once more be fully committed to the efforts of Armenia Fund. He reiterated the importance of the next generation of young adults who will play an integral role in the rebuilding of their homeland.
Archbishop Mardirossian stressed the importance of how activism of all students plays a vital role in cultural and ethnic identity and development. With that in mind–the Archbishop also praised the efforts of Armenia Fund–Inc.–an organization which has continuously supported the developmental efforts of the Karabagh Republic.
The delegation was given a brief tour of the campus–with the new library being the point of interest. They were able to take a close look at the library’s automated catalog and checkout system–as well as its fully cataloged Armenian collection. After completing his tour of the library–Prime Minister Danielyan signed a copy of the Pilibos 2004 Yearbook which will be housed in the library.